Fayette Ellen "Fay" Nelson (Deeming)
Fayette “Fay” Ellen Nelson
Fay Nelson, of Anita, Iowa, passed away, at the age of 99 years, while a resident of the Colonial Manor in Anita on March 2, 2012.
Fay was born in Anita to Guy and Laura Semelroth Deeming on September 24, 1912. She grew up there and attended school in Anita. On January 3, 1928, Fay was united in marriage to James R. Nelson in the Presbyterian parsonage. They moved to Wichita, KS in 1930 and then lived in Green County for 20 years. In 1961, the couple returned to the Anita area and continued farming until 1973 when they retired and moved to Atlantic, IA. Jim passed away in 1989 and in 2008, Fay moved to the Colonial Manor in Anita.
She will be remembered for the years that she worked enthusiastically with her gardening, canning, cooking and helping her husband with the farm work. She was always a bright and optimistic lady, delighting her family and friends with singing and playing the organ, and creating ceramic pieces and canvas paintings that she lovingly shared as gifts.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; a son, Rex, in 1949; brothers, Ralph, Harold, George and William Deeming; her sister, Anita Jones; one niece, Priscilla Paul and nephews, William D. in 1918, Charles W. in 1922, Bernard R. in 1925 and Byron Wayne Jones in 1949.
Fay is survived by a nephew, Robert E. Jones and friend, Rosie Schroeder, both of Anita; and a number of great nieces and nephews.
Offering tribute to Fay’s memory, will take place in a private family gathering at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6, at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Pastor Nancy Jensen, of the Atlantic First United Church of Christ, will officiate. The interment service will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Anita.
The Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic, Iowa is caring for Fay’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left on their website at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.